Mystery, espionage, a wartime romance – what more could a girl ask for in a novel? Tricia Goyer’s A Secret Courage has these in spades. Book 1 of the London Chronicles, it’s a suspenseful WWII inspy romance featuring two Allied spies. Each of them carries a heavy load of secrets, and neither knows that they’re falling for another spy. Ooh, can you feel the tension building?
I don’t want to give away too much of the story – it’s a spy novel, after all – but suffice it to say, if you like reading about women in history, you’ll love Emma, a spy responsible for gathering military intel. She’s part of England’s WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force), and her mind is as sharp as the proverbial tack. She’s as Allied-loyal as they come, and she’ll do anything to help the war end. Meanwhile, Will is more mysterious, leaving Emma uncertain of the truth. Tensions heighten throughout this novel, and not just on the war’s front lines.
Emma is a wonderful character – smart, capable, determined, a little broken. I loved the work she does, and how this novel highlights the vital roles women played in WWII. I also liked Will, who made me want to research the Recording Britain project. (Confused? Read the book. 😉 ) Great character development from Ms. Goyer, though I did want to see a little more of the background play out rather than just be told about it. #show-don’t-tell, you know?
This is a fabulous read for anyone interested in WWII from a British-American point of view. Add in a little romance, a touch of feminism, and some espionage, and this story has something for all inspy readers!
A Secret Courage hits shelves April 1.
My rating: 3.5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Tricia Goyer; readers of inspirational/historical fiction; those who favor WWII-era stories and/or reading about women in history; readers who enjoy learning about the behind-the-scenes work of a war (military intelligence gathering, espionage, etc.)
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.